Okinawa Island

Travel Guide
Busena Marine Park which includes general coastal views

Recharge on stunning white beaches, walk around historic castles and visit one of the world’s largest aquariums on this tropical island in the south of Japan.

Okinawa is a rare tropical paradise that mixes a beach-going culture with a preservation of the past. Try exciting watersport, tan on white-sand beaches, watch whale sharks gliding in an aquarium or visit a castle that once protected the archipelago’s rulers.

Okinawa is the main island of the Okinawa Prefecture, an archipelago of 160 islands south of mainland Japan. Its main access point is Naha, a busy urban sprawl that also serves as the region’s capital. Find shopping, food and crowds along Kokusai-Dori, Naha’s main street. While here, taste Okinawan soba, a soup-noodle dish famous to the area.

Not far from town, the hilltop Shuri Castle reminds visitors of the island’s ancient history. Take a short drive south from Naha to the Peace Memorial Park, where monuments pay tribute to the quarter of a million American and Japanese civilians and soldiers who died here in World War II. It was one of the Pacific’s most fierce battles.

To the north, the Ocean Expo Park gives visitors the chance to learn about the archipelago’s marine life. See whale sharks cruising alongside tropical fish at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, home to one of the world’s biggest fish tanks. Nearby attractions such as a re-creation of a 17th-century Okinawan village and a botanical garden boasting more than 2,000 orchids make northern Okinawa a satisfying daytrip destination.

The island features miles of popular and less-crowded beaches that are a great to visit throughout summer. The best swimming months are between April and October. Scuba dive amongst rock formations at Mission Beach or enjoy views from the lighthouse at Cape Zanpa.

Not far from the coast, walk to the Hiji Waterfall or traverse stunning pineapple fields in Nago Pineapple Park. Follow subterranean streams of photograph stalactites at Gyokusendo Cave.

Fly into Reach Okinawa’s Naha Airport from Japan or China. Get around the city by bus. Alternatively, rent a car (or moped) to travel further afield. Tours can be booked through Naha’s travel agencies.

Where to stay in Okinawa Island

Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
1-5 Kume 2 Chome, Naha, Okinawa-ken
The price is HK$341 per night from 20 Dec to 20 Dec
Located in Naha City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port. Shurijo Castle and Senaga Island are also within 6 mi (10 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,279 reviews)
"素晴らしいホテルです。"

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2021

Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
The price is HK$2,809 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park, Kariyushi Beach and Kibogaoka Entrance ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (883 reviews)
"Beautiful location and well maintained hotel. Staff is extremely attentive and helpful. Will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2021

Halekulani Okinawa
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$504 per night from 20 Dec to 20 Dec
This family-friendly Naha hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Midorigaoka Park and Sogenji Temple. Fukushu-en Garden and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,017 reviews)
"Great service"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2021

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Mr.KINJO inn Convention Bay
Mr.KINJO inn Convention Bay
3 out of 5
The price is HK$217 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
Situated in Ginowan, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Araha Beach, Okinawa Convention Center and Ginowan Tropical Beach. American Village is 2.2 mi ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (44 reviews)
"風呂に着替えるカゴなかた!"

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2021

Mr.KINJO inn Convention Bay
Hotel Sunset Hill
Hotel Sunset Hill
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$714 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Tiger Beach, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ryukyu Mura and PGM Golf Resort Okinawa. Blue Cave and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (82 reviews)
Great seaview
"The hotel is extremely difficult to locate for me! The gps said turn right but it’s not possible as it’s not allow in reality! There was a sign board somewhere after u pass by the hotel, however, u will not notice during the night time! Having said that, the hotel has a supreme view view and it’s ..."

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019

Hotel Sunset Hill
Allstay Kotobuki
Allstay Kotobuki
3 out of 5
The price is HK$330 per night from 20 Dec to 20 Dec
Located in Naha City Centre, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Naminouegu Shrine and Kokusai Dori. Naminoue Beach and Tomari Port are also within 2 miles ...
3.7/5 Good! (14 reviews)
"全体的に綺麗な宿でした! 2名で2泊しましたが、タオルや食器類は4名分用意されていたので、惜しげもなく使用させて頂きました。また、洗濯用洗剤はないものの洗濯機&乾燥機がありますので、長期滞在にも便利です。 徒歩5分ほどの場所にスーパーもありますよ!"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2021

Allstay Kotobuki
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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